Recovering from addiction can be a lengthy process. Many people believe that if the substance is removed, the problem is solved… which is not the case. People turn to substances with hopes of escaping reality and treat Substance Use Disorders (SUD) as their support system. Due to an individual’s clouded mental and emotional states, they may not have the ability to cease the drug use, thus turning it into an active addiction. Once a person starts using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis, they become codependent and can’t picture their life without it.

As a patient makes their way through a rehabilitation program, they address a substance’s impacts on the mind, body, and soul. From there, they will conduct a mental and physical health analysis (through Somatic Therapy) by reflecting on the causes and outcomes of substance abuse while arranging an effective treatment plan. It’s important for patients to be open about their problems- this way they can achieve a more meaningful and lasting solution. At Cedars, we focus on establishing healthy coping mechanisms and inscribing positive habits that inspire people to deal with trauma in early stages of their recovery. In doing so, individuals are more likely to approach their journey to sobriety with an empowering attitude.

Whether it be familial, social, professional, or academic reasons, each person handles situations differently. Many people with addiction also suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, PTSD, OSI, or borderline personality disorder. The person likely began using substances as a coping mechanism which then declined into an addiction. If this is the case, they must meet with a general practitioner to arrange a healthy medication schedule. Those undergoing detox will often have severe withdrawal symptoms and so, it is equally important to take care of their other health concerns.

Addiction treatment centres have licensed staff who are trained in dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse. Counsellors will help decide which recovery path is best for each individual whether it be residential treatment or an intensive outpatient program. At Cedars, we offer the Acorn House- a post-treatment recovery facility that provides further support to those who are not ready for the transition back to a sober routine. By accepting the past and healing traumatic thoughts, individuals will develop tools to create healthy mental and emotional states.

Trauma therapy is best resolved through a number of psychological treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Reprocessing Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT). Patients will learn to reprogram their negative thoughts to more logical reactions in their relationships and within themselves. When a patient is committed to treating the trauma behind their substance abuse, they will learn to safely and effectively target the source of their suffering. This will help them heal past wounds and cope with previous traumatic experiences in a positive way and see life in a new light.

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